Saturday, December 3

Setting up of MPKKP an affront to JKKK, says Mawan


A group of community leaders, village/longhouse chiefs and women bureau chiefs in Pakan have gone a step further by erecting a signboard at a roadside last week to show their objections to the MPKKP.

KUCHING: The setting up of Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP) is an affront to the existing Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) because it is political, opines Pakan assemblyman Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom.

Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom

“It is very difficult to see the necessity of setting up MPKKP besides it being purely political and very divisive,” said Mawan when contacted yesterday.

“This is so especially when there is no project to manage and coordinate. So what is the point in setting up MPKKP when we already have the JKKK?” he reasoned.

Mawan said all this while it was the JKKK that facilitated government-linked development agenda and therefore there was no point in fixing it.

“The MPPKP concept would have a devastating effect on the community because it will breed feud and animosity among members of the community apart from splitting the community asunder.”

The setting up of MPKKP and existence of urgent projects make the system not compatible, he stressed.

“The setting up of the MPKKP when the JKKK is already in existence can create a situation that is rough and brutal.

“The impending feud among community members can be long lasting when what is really needed in the end is solidarity,” he added.

He said solidarity is needed for implementation of people-centric projects or government programmes to be successful.

“There are many ways to win election and this includes splitting the people up but if you win by splitting the people or by manipulation process, the scar you’d leave behind is unimaginable and your win would be hollow. You would feel guilty if you won the election after splitting the people,” he cautioned.

Mawan said the people’s solidarity is fundamental in implementing development projects.

“In our tussle to outdo each other we may employ all sorts of tactic one way or the other but try to avoid anything that split people and would leave a thick scar in community that would smash solidarity. If you could not unite people you would not be able to go far because you would not be able to implement development agenda when solidarity is not there,” he added.

He was asked to comment on the war of words between Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) supporters and Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak leaders in the media on the implementation of MPKKP in Sarawak.

“We may win but without any solidarity the victory is hollow,” Mawan reiterated.

Federal Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in Miri on Sunday said the MPKKP is set up in each village to manage funds from the federal government and in the event PH takes over the state the MPKKP will remain to administer villages.

In urging Sarawakians to stay united Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday cautioned that if the PH is to take over Sarawak they will change laws that are designed to protect the state’s interests.